Duke Energy outages planned for Saturday

Duke Energy plans two emergency power outages Saturday which will affect more than 200 customers in Columbus.

The first planned outage will be from 9 to 11 a.m. and will affect about 60 customers near Reeveston Drive on the city’s east side.

The second planned outage will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and will affect about 270 customers near Fox Pointe DriveĀ on the city’s northeast side.

In both intances, tree-trimming work is necessary to maintain a high level of reliability for customers in that area, said Duke Energy spokesman Chip Orben, who indicated affected customers are being notified by phone.

With temperatures Saturday forecast to be in the low 20s in the morning to low 30s by early afternoon, workers will make every effort to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible, Orben said.

“We apologize for this inconvenience and ask for your patience while we conduct this critical vegetation work,” he said.